Get On Board

Who Are the Board of Directors?

Every Winter semester, SAIT students elect 9 Directors of the Board; the business and affairs of the SAIT Students’ Association is governed by the Board of Directors (BOD), the BOD provides strategic oversight and decision making for the Association on behalf of the members who elected them.


The BOD are the stewards of the Association, this means that they have a fiduciary duty and a duty of care to the Association. These terms may sound intimidating, but in general terms, it means that those who are elected to the Board:


  • Have loyalty to Saitsa,
  • Respect the confidentiality of Board business,
  • Make reasonably informed decisions,
  • Take an active and direct role in key matters.


Benefits of Experience on the BOD

There are several great reasons to get involved with the Board of Directors. Here are just a few cited by past Board Members:


  • Be a voice for the student body
  • Improve the SAIT student experience
  • Network with community leaders
  • Advocate for student rights
  • Gain real-world experience
  • Build your resume
  • Build a better campus community


All About the BOD

Term

Board members are eligible to serve a one-year term (May of the current academic year –May of the following academic year).


Time Commitment

The Board meets once a month for the official BOD meeting, as well as every Monday for a team meeting. In order to effectively fulfill your duties as a Director, in addition to attending meetings, you would be expected to: review agenda packages, familiarize yourself with the Association’s purpose and services, and attend training. In order to fulfill their duties, Directors will dedicate approximately 10-15 hours a week to their responsibilities and are provided an honorarium.


Roles & Responsibilities

The business and affairs of the SAIT Students’ Association are governed by the Board of Directors (BOD), the BOD provides strategic oversight and decision-making for the Association on behalf of the members who elected them.  The BOD are the stewards of the Association, this means that they have a fiduciary duty and a duty of care to the Association. The role of the Board is to provide ongoing ownership linkage with the student body, to set organizational policy in accordance with ownership needs and preferences, to provide monitoring and oversight of Executive Director compliance with policy.


For more information on the duties of the BOD, please refer to our Bylaws.


Compensation

Directors will be provided with a monthly honorarium, totaling $10,000+ for the term ($30,000+ for President & Vice President). Directors are provided extensive governance and advocacy training, and professional, networking, and leadership development opportunities. In addition, Directors are eligible for SAIT’s Co-Curricular Records upon completion of a full term as a Director.



Structure of the Board

Board Leadership

From within the Board, a President and Vice President are elected. These two leadership positions are typically the delegates/representatives to Saitsa’s municipal, provincial, and federal advocacy groups.

As the President has additional responsibilities compared to other Directors they are expected to work additional hours and therefore would find it difficult to maintain a full-time course load.

Role of the President & Vice President:

The President is the chief representative and advocates for the student body, they are also the chief spokesperson for the association and the leader (i.e.: Chair) of the Board.

The Vice President is the deputy chief representative and advocates for the student body; in the absence of the President, the Vice President takes on the responsibilities of the President.

The President and Vice President assume the primary advocacy role on behalf of Saitsa, this duty requires extensive travel and public speaking at various points in the year.

An example of weekly duties would include: attending & scheduling meetings (committees, strategy, briefings, etc.), preparing agenda packages and minutes, attending and speaking at ownership linkage events, communicating advocacy achievements, corresponding with staff, Directors, and external parties, and fostering leadership and development of Directors.


Individual Directors

While the success of the Association is tied directly to the responsibility of the Board, each individual Director is responsible for acting honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the association. They are to exercise the care and skill that a reasonable person would in a similar situation.

Directors will be appointed to sit on various committees or working groups within SAIT and maintain the ownership linkage by connecting with students on a regular basis. Various opportunities for leadership experience, student engagement, and advocacy work will present themselves throughout the term and Directors will be encouraged to engage.

An example of monthly duties of Directors would include: attending and preparing for meetings, attending and speaking at ownership linkage events, and identifying and communicating potential topics/areas for advocacy initiatives to the President & Vice President. 


‘Get On Board’ FAQ

Can I be a student & Director at the same time?

You are required to be a student in order to run in the election AND serve as a Director; each person (and program) is different, but Directors generally should be able to manage a full-time course load and their Saitsa responsibilities. However, the President and Vice President’s additional responsibilities and required travel related to their roles on our advocacy groups will need to transition to a part-time student course load.

Can I work for Saitsa & serve on the Board of Directors?

In order to maintain a mind-set separation between operations and governance, Directors are not able to work for Saitsa during their term.

Who can run for the Board of Directors?

Students who pay Saitsa fees and are in good standing with SAIT are eligible to become a candidate in an election. You must also plan on continuing your studies for the next academic year as Directors are required to be active students.

If you’re interested in becoming a candidate in the election or learning more, click here.

When do I run for a seat on the Board of Directors?

Every Winter semester, SAIT students elect 9 Directors of the Board. For more information about when nomination and campaign periods begin click here.

How do I know if being a Director is right for me?

One of the best ways to know if the position is right for you is to talk to those who are already in the position! You are welcome to reach out to current directors and ask questions about the role and what they’ve enjoyed (or not enjoyed!) about it. You are also welcome to attend a Board meeting to see governance in action. Saitsa Governance & Advocacy staff are also a great resource. 

What if I want to be President or Vice President?

You must run in the Board of Directors election and first be elected as a Director by the general student body; following the election the Board themselves will elect/appoint the President and VP. Essentially there will be a ‘campaign’ of sorts within the Board following the general election, so if the President or VP position appeals to you, set that intention from the beginning and demonstrate your leadership potential!

Do I need previous leadership/advocacy experience to run as a candidate?

No experience is required, just a great attitude and passion for student issues! One of the greatest things about student-led Boards like Saitsa’s is that we are prepared to teach you from the ground up and help you along the way. We realize that the majority of students who are interested in running, due to their age or phase in life, may not have any experience with governance or advocacy, so we’re a learning Board. Directors are provided extensive onboarding and the support of the Governance & Advocacy department to help make the experience a memorable one.

Are the Board positions compensated?

Directors are provided an honorarium for their advocacy efforts; the intention of the honoraria is to off-set potential wage losses a Director would experience by not being able to work part-time (or not work as much as they would if they didn’t have the Director responsibilities). Depending on performance (academic and assigned tasks) honoraria for Directors is $10,000+/year.

The President and Vice President have additional responsibilities and workload and therefore would find it difficult to maintain any part-time work; depending on performance (academic and assigned tasks) honoraria for the President and VP is $30,000+/year.

Run for a Seat on the Board of Directors

Nomination Period is Currently Closed

Opens: March 2022

Every Winter semester, a nomination period opens that allows students to put their name in the running for a seat on the Board of Directors.

In order to become a nominee, you must submit the nomination form and collect 20 student endorsements via ‘e-signatures’ before the nomination period deadline.

There are two nomination periods to give you plenty of time to complete the package and prepare your campaign.

  • Please check back in early March 2022 for information about nomination period dates and how to submit.

How to Become a Candidate

After submitting your nomination package and obtaining 20 endorsement signatures, you must attend a candidates’ meeting in order to be declared a candidate.


  • Please check back in early March 2022 Candidate Meeting dates.

 

Candidate Meeting Dates

Announced March 2022

Running Your Campaign

Now that I’m a candidate how do I run my campaign?


With shoes… just kidding! Candidates are encouraged to get creative and express themselves in a way that is true to themselves and what they are campaigning on. Ideally, candidates will align their passions and interests with the mission and vision of the organization. With that being said, there are a number of rules that candidates must adhere to, please refer to Saitsa’s Elections Policies and Procedures for more information.


An important part of running for BOD is your campaign video. Candidates will film a 120-second video introducing themselves, why they are running, and a brief overview of their platform.



Contact Us

If you have any additional questions, or would like to get in touch please contact:

The Board Chair

To attend a Board meeting or would like more information on what it’s like to be involved with the BOD, please contact Board Chair.

Saitsa Governancy & Advocacy Staff

Information on campaigning and the election process, or any other questions relating to the Board of Directors.

Governance & Advocacy Manager

Rachel Paris

Governance Coordinator

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Health & Dental Process for Fall 2021

As of July 5, 2021; Saitsa will be accepting Health & Dental Opt-Out forms for the Fall 2021 semester. As soon as you are registered or begin self-registration for the Fall 2021 semester you are able to submit a Health & Dental Opt-Out form.

You have until July 26 to send your completed Health & Dental opt-out form to Saitsa for processing before the tuition fee deadline in order to receive Opt-Out credits before paying tuition fees. All other Health & Dental opt-outs processed after July 26 will follow SAIT’s refund policy where credit balances may be applied to future terms.

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